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Aromatherapy is an all-natural way of taking care of oneself using oils that are extracted from plants. It works pretty fast and in a matter of seconds after applying oil, one can already feel the effects, be it mental, emotional or physical.

In simple terms, aromatherapy is a form of therapy where one uses aromas to deal with the illness. The aroma or scents are coming from the oil of plants. The oils extracted from plants are called essential oils. Some refer to those oils as the blood of the plant. There are many types of plants from which these oils can be extracted from. It could be herbs, roots, peel, barks, grass, flowers and many other plant sources.

There are many different ways to extract oils from plant. That said the most popular technique used today is steam distillation. With that technique one is able to separate the water coming out of the plant and the oil itself. The most important part is obviously the essential oil but one can choose to also use the extracted water.

If you are interested in essential oils, remember that those sold in stores are very concentrated. In some cases you may come across bottles having concentration 70 times more than what is found in the plant. That is why it is important to use just a few drops of it. It will be more than enough.

Aromatherapy may have a lot of uses but again you need to know how to properly use the different oils and in which situations they are used. Not all oils are made equal so always make sure you read the label before use.

How aromattherapy oils can benefit your health

Here are 5 essential oils and their uses

Lavender

This is the oil you can use to calm and relax yourself. Lavender is nurturing and comforting. Of all the essential oils, this is one of the safest and the most popularly used. This is the oil you want to rush to if you get stung by a bug or bitten by any other insect. You can rely on it to deal with burns and wounds.

Lavender oil can also be used for your daily skin care. Just one drop of it to your moisturizer can make a difference and better enhance the rejuvenation of the skin. For a child that is having problems sleeping you can use this oil to relax and calm him down. Again just one drop on the pillow should be enough relax the child and allow him to sleep.

Clary Sage

If you want to raise your spirits during a depressing period of your life, Clary Sage can help. Its uplifting, harmonizing and euphoric qualities will help. If you feel under the weather it will help lift your spirit and bring back happiness. It is an excellent mood enhancer. It is advised not to use this oil during pregnancy but during labour the oil can ease up the deliverance by facilitating contractions. This oil is for those dealing with fear, anxiety, depression and menopause.

Geranium

Geranium is the oil that can help switch moods. It is regulating, stabilizing, balancing and comforting. If you happen to find yourself in a situation of extreme emotional discomfort, you can rely on Geranium to bring back stability in your emotions. Geranium can also stabilize hormonal imbalances, relieve premenstrual syndrome and help revive a sluggish skin.

Orange

An oil can be extracted out of the orange fruit that we all love. In contrast to the other oils that are extracted by steam distillation, the oil from the orange fruit is extracted by centrifugation of the fruit juice itself. The oil can be used as a vaporizer and it brings about a good feeling. You want to use it during those entertainment times to make the environment more conducive for humour. For example you want to use it during your child’s birthday party. Children love that smell and it makes them feel happy.

If feeling a lack of energy and anxiety, orange oil is also an excellent way to deal with it.

Frankincense

Frankincense is a good oil to regenerate the skin, fortify and comfort the body. It has such a powerful effect on the skin that some believe it is the best oil to use to regenerate skin cells. This oil is also used in spirituality. You can inhale it during those times when you want to meditate. It is also good for massage blend if a person is suffering from any respiratory condition.

There are many other oils out there you can choose from. This is just some of them. When going to buy an essential oil, beware of fake products out there. Some companies prefer to use chemically synthesized oils instead of the real ones. Always make sure you read the label carefully before making any purchase.

 

Neil Maycock writes articles on aromatherapy products for Aromatherapy Gold

How to Choose High Quality Essential Oils

The best essential oils

Essential oils

Essential oils are useful for a number of things. Whether you’re making perfume, handmade soap, or simply using the oils for aromatherapy, high quality oils are important. For aromatherapy though, the quality of the oil is extremely important and can affect how well the oil works in the therapy. How do you find good oil though? Here are a few tips on how to choose high quality essential oils.

Make Sure the Oils are 100% Pure

Purity is very important when purchasing high quality essential oils. The oil should only have the ingredient that the oil is supposed to be and nothing more. This means the oil should not be diluted with water or other less expensive ingredients. Always check the label and speak with the vender about the products they sale.

Opt for Organic Oils

Another tip is to shop for organic oils. Organic oils are made with plants that have been organically grown. This means that the ingredients were not grown in pesticides and that the oils were produced in an organic matter. These oils will cost more, but this is a case where you get what you pay for.

Look for Oils That Are Steam Distilled

Steam distilled oils are very high quality. When the plant is steamed, the essence of the plant is captured and distilled into a separate container. This leaves you with an extremely pure oil that is free of foreign ingredients. This is a long process that requires lots of plants to produce a small amount of oil. This means that it will increase the price and you should be wary of oils that seem too low in price.

Seek Out Vendors That Follow the ISO Guidelines

The IOS Guidelines are the International Organization for Standardization Guidelines. These guidelines deal with packaging, labeling, testing, storage, and sampling. A company that follows these rules care about selling you a high quality product.

Remember: Quality Over Quantity

Last, but not least, you want to opt for quality over quantity. When looking at two different companies, one company may offer 8 ounces of lavender oil for $5, while another company may offer one ounce for the same price. While you may be tempted to purchase the larger bottle, you can almost guaranteed that the more expensive bottle will be higher quality. However, also remember that price isn’t a sign of quality. Always do your research with the company to make sure they are selling organic products that are steam distilled and 100% pure.

High quality essential oils are necessary for aromatherapy. Because you will be placing these oils on your skin, in your bath, and breathing in these oils that are put in burners, you want to make sure they are the best of the best.

About the Author: Melodee Fanjoy is a massage therapist who enjoys incorporating aromatherapy into her treatments. She’s currently testing the silver surfer vaporizer and plans to incorporate it into her treatment room!